Thursday, June 3, 2010

Back from the ledge

Thank you for the virtual pats on the back after my latest whine. You guys are the best. I only hope I can be there for you, should you need it, like you were for me.

So what did I do to pull myself back from the ledge? Well, I sat on the deck and read Donald Maass all morning and then, literally in a flash, I had an idea to make the new book even better. It's a plot twist that even I didn't see coming, and it was somehow spurred by reading a chapter in Maass' superb Writing the Breakout Novel.

He was writing about premise and how it's important to layer your book with several nuanced sub-plots and then twist them in just the right way to bring it all home at the end.

And it clicked. So I dropped the book, grabbed my Moleskine notebook and jotted it down before I could forget it. I'll flesh it out in a couple of hours while sitting at my son's Little League game.

And again, thanks for the encouragement. I really needed it.

Such is the life of a writer ...


  1. I'm glad your muse decided to play nice! :D

  2. Oh good. I can't wait to read it.

    Now you know I'm going to have to go buy that book.

  3. I own that book. It's excellent. I read it on the toilet. Haven't made it all the way through yet but I've already learned a lot.

  4. I've heard great things about that book. Is it weird I'm too afraid to read it and find out accidentally that I'm a hack and did everything wrong?

  5. Glad to hear you bounced back Terry! Now on to that happier photo!